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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can go as fast as 200 mph

A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.

Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.

Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.

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Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS

No matter how much owners of the Land Rover Defender sports utility vehicle want their rides to become less adverse – if not actually friendly – to the environment, they really couldn’t. This is primarily because the Land Rover Defender, in its most eco-friendly form, still emits 266 grams of carbon dioxide to the air for every kilometer it travels (when using the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine).

Fortunately though, an engineering company lurking within the Coventry neighborhood – yes, the place where Jaguar Land Rover is headquartered – is currently working on a project that should allow the Land Rover to become a bit friendlier to Mother Nature. How? Well, JE Motorworks is trying an engine conversion for the Land Rover Defender, replacing the only available mill for the SUV – the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost unit that is fitted on the Ford Mustang and on Ford Focus RS sports models.

While both engines have similar displacements and are four-cylinder units, the EcoBoost unit uses up gasoline (petrol) and the mill on the now discontinued Defender sips on diesel. Comparing their power levels, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine on the Focus RS delivers 350 hp (345 PS or 257 kW) of max output and up to 470 Nm (350 lb.-ft.) of torque. On the other hand, the 2.2-liter diesel mill on the Land Rover Defender churns out 122 PS (90 kW) of max output and 360 Nm of torque. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine returns only 175 g/km on the Ford Focus RS while the 2.2-liter diesel engine emits 266 g/km on the Land Rover Defender 90 (hard top, soft top and pickup).

Read the entire article Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS

2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost gets a price tag of $25,995, Mustang GT starts at $32,925

Yesterday, we announced you that the 2015 Ford Mustang starts at $24,425. Today we found out even more details about the 2015 Mustang. According to Mustang6, the 2015 Mustang Ecoboost starts at $25,995 while the 2015 Mustang GT will cost you $32,925. For the 2015 Ford Mustang GT 50 Year Limited Edition you will have to pay $46,995.

These prices are available for the models using the manual transmission and include the $825 destination and delivery charges. As expected, the 2015 Ford Mustang is available with plenty of options, such as the GT Performance Package ($2,495), Navigation ($795), floor mats ($85), Recaro sport seats wrapped in leather ($1,595) and the Enhanced Security Package ($395).

Moreover, if you want the 6-speed automatic transmission, this will cost you $1,195, while the 3.55 limited slip differential is priced at $395. The spare wheel/tire costs $195, while for the Reverse Park Assist you pay $295.

Read the entire article 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost gets a price tag of $25,995, Mustang GT starts at $32,925

Rumor: 2015 Ford Mustang will receive a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant

The next-generation Ford Mustang could get a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. Mustang fans may find fault this plan but it’s something that Ford believed it just had to do especially with how successful its EcoBoost engines have been. But they would be pleased to know that this vehicle delivers 330 hp and offers more than the existing 280 lb-ft of torque of the V6.

Ford is presently developing a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which will power the next-generation Focus RS. The same powerplant will be used by the base model 2015 Mustang, according to Matthias Ton, the head of Ford’s global performance car division. It replaces the existing 3.7-liter V6.

Aside from the additional horsepower the turbocharged four-cylinder provides, the Mustang benefits as its fuel efficiency will then be higher than the 19-mpg city, 31-mpg highway of the current V6. It’s likely that when the Mustang debuts in 2015, it won’t have the EcoBoost in it yet. It would probably be added to the lineup one or two years later.

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An EcoBoost engine is what’s most likely to be used on Ford’s Mustang, according to product chief Derrick Kuzak last Monday. He spoke to reporters last Monday night at the Detroit Auto Show. This suggests that this car will make use of EcoBoost. He explained that this is likely to be a “very safe bet at some point in the near future.”

Kuzak didn’t name the engine that may be used by the Mustang. But it is known that EcoBoost is available in four- and six-cylinder variants in the U.S. The most robust V6 delivers 365 hp. It will be offered in the Taurus SHO and the F150. For many years, it has been expected that the EcoBoost will probably appear in the Mustang.

Its top officials said that the company has consistently said that the technology would be frequently used by most of its lineup. But then, the Mustang was never mentioned. Ford has recently updated the 2013 model year to have a 420hp engine. The Shelby GT500 was also enhanced to offer 650 hp with a 200-mph-plus top speed. The car’s sales fell slightly in 2011 to 70,438 units, a slight improved tally from 73,716 in 2010.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang will receive a fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine, Derrick Kuzak says

Ford chairman Bill Ford Jr. confirmed that an Ecoboost engine will soon be offered in the Mustang. However, he didn’t disclose a timeline or engine specifications. Ford was recently a speaker at Princeton University where he was asked if an Ecoboost Mustang is possible. He confirmed that Ford’s pony car will get the turbocharged engine.

Ford’s current Ecoboost 4-cylinder can deliver up to 247hp, while the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 can generate up to 365hp.

They don’t come up to what the larger V6 and V8 engines are capable of but fuel economy figures make up for the performance deficit. It is possible that either application will be available in the Mustang. A 4-cylinder Ecoboost would be a potent rival to smaller engined cars such as the Hyundai Genesis.

Read the entire article Bill Ford Jr. confirms Ecoboost Mustang

In South Haven, Michigan, several Ford engineers were seen with a few pre-production 2011 Mustangs. What made the sighting so newsworthy were the tires on one of the mules.

Instead of the "regular" P Zeros found on 2010 Track Packers, Pirelli P Zero Corsa R-compounds were observed. To those who are unfamiliar with it, these are tires for supercars. These tires even come stock on the Lamborghini LP560-4. Tongues are wagging on why a Mustang was fitted with supercar tires. Could it be that Ford is merely playing with different tire compounds?

Another explanation is more creative. It had been observed that the Corsa R-compound car (with 315 hp) was lapping the 1.88-mile track just as quickly as the current BMW M3 (with 414 hp).

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Mustang GT coming with a potent 400hp 5.0-liter V8 engine

Ford's new 2011 5.0-liter V8 Mustang will deliver 412hp and produce 83hp per liter, Ford marketing boss Jim Farley said last week. This information was supposed to only be released on Dec. 28 but reports had leaked.

The 5.0-liter Mustang is set to rival the Chevrolet Camaro SS, which generates 426 hp, and the Dodge Challenger SRT8, which has an output of 425 hp. The range-topping Shelby GT500 and its supercharged V8 is rated at 540 hp. The brand-new V8 engine in this Mustang is believed to be potent due to how the engineers had been able to allow it to breathe. All-new heads sit atop an all-new aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder sleeves.

Because the heads have a wide distance, the intake ports are allowed to sit vertically on top of the engine. The engine features four valves per cylinder and twin independent variable valve timing. Having the exhaust headers tuned eliminate the need for aftermarket headers to improve the engine's breathing.

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Ford Motor Co. is investing $155 million into Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, which will soon build the upgraded V-6 engine for the 2011 Mustang.

This move leads to the creation of 60 jobs at this plant. Ford said that including this investment, a total of $1.8 billion has been spent in powertrain engineering and facility upgrades to support 2011 vehicle launches.

Ford said however, that it anticipates that this figure will increase. No amounts were specified though. Meanwhile, pricing for the 2011 Mustang has been revealed.

Read the entire article Ford will invest $155 million to build the upgraded V6 engine for the 2011 Mustang

The legendary Mustang by Ford received an upgrade for the 2010 model year to enable it to compete with newer rivals like the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and the all-new Nissan 370Z. However, it is reported that the uprate does not include any major changes to the range of the car's powertrain.

Although there are alternatives currently available to Ford, like the EcoBoost V6 and the latest 5.0-liter V8, it was decided that the Mustang will stick to the previous 210 hp 4.0-liter V6 and 315 hp 4.6-liter V8 powertains instead.

In comparing Ford's 315 hp GT with other high-end rivals, it appears pale in comparison to the 372 hp Dodge Challenger R/T and even fares worse in contrast to the 422 hp of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang switching to the 5.0-liter V8 engine by 2011

For sometime now Ford ruled a whole segment because it alone had a pony car, however, that is soon to change. With the release of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, Ford has some tough rival to contend with. 

Because of this, the engineers at Ford are exchanging the current 4.0-liter SOHC V6 with the 3.7-liter DOHC V6 in the base models of the 2011 Ford Mustang.

This new powerplant was revealed by the carmaker to its personnel at an event last week at the Dearborn Development Center. No details are available at present, except the fact that the powerplant has been utilized in other applications such as in the MKS, the flagship sedan of Lincoln.

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Mustang to receive the 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine

Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.

Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.

The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.

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Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points and different target markets. Moreover, in terms of power and performance, the Duster couldn’t be compared to a Mustang.

Nonetheless, there is one person who believes that Dacia’s budget SUV is similar to the Ford’s legendary pony car. This person is the chief of design for Group Renault -- Laurens van den Acker. Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Group Renault, has been building the Duster since 2009, while Ford has been producing the Mustang since 1965. Despite the Duster being just a decade old, van den Acker told Autocar that the SUV is similar to the Mustang in a sense that it is already an iconic model with an identity stronger than the brand.

Group Renault’s design chief believes that the identity of the Duster as a model is already larger than Dacia as a brand. This is similar to the iconic pony car – the Mustang as a model has a stronger identity than Ford as a brand. The Duster is iconic to Dacia just as the Mustang is iconic for Ford.

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Mopar just brought a mammoth at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mopar is introducing a new crate engine that is like an elephant from hell. Dubbed as the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi engine, this new powerplant isn't just massive in size, but also in performance.

Hellephant is essentially a brand-new HEMI-engine that borrows its name from the massive land mammal – because of its large size as well as its ability to deliver huge power figures. As Mopar disclosed, the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine can deliver up to 1,000 hp of humongous output and up to 950 lb.-ft. of torque. This new Hellephant engine is the first 1,000-hp crate engine kit ever offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

To achieve 1,000 hp of output, the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine is developed to be much larger that your usual HEMI engine. In fact, it boasts of 4.0 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches. The Hellephant engine features an all-aluminum block, which made it much lighter than other engines of its size.

Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: This Hellephant 426 is 1,000-hp Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi engine

The Ford Mustang is definitely a performance machine made to dominate the roads. Nonetheless, the Mustang could be further improved by availing some packages from Ford Performance. To this effect, the newest version of the Mustang offers a wholesome improvement in terms of style, performance and enjoyment. The new Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance delivers a greater degree of driving and owner experience.

Ford Performance in collaboration with World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team, came up with a Mustang that dons RTR’s signature modern and aggressive styling as well as with the ability to suit itself to a number of driving conditions.

This is made possible by installing a suspension system from Ford Performance that features adjustable sway bars. These sway bars can be adjusted to change chassis balance for either passive or MagneRide suspensions. In effect, the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance can adjust for a driving down a twisty backroad, challenging lap times, zooming on a drag strip or even drifting.

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The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is just around the corner and Chevrolet won't just sit idle. It intends to get impressive at the 2018 edition of the event by displaying three vintage vehicles that are powered by Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines.

Up for display at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30 to November 2, 2018 are: a 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna powered by the all-new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine; a 1967 Chevrolet C/10 with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7-liter V-8 crate engine; and a 1978 Chevrolet Silverado installed with the L96 6.0-liter V-8 crate engine.

The new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine in the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna is derived from mill found under the hood of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Tuned to deliver 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine is Chevy’s most powerful production engine so far. This crate engine employs technologies like a new, larger-displacement supercharger and the carmaker’s first dual-fuel system with direct injection and supplementary port injection.

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Quite a number of carmakers are already reducing or even stopping their lineup of diesel-powered vehicles, as sparked by the diesel emissions scandal at the Volkswagen Group. Nonetheless, German premium automaker BMW seems not affected by backlash against diesel engines. Instead, BMW has just confirmed its commitment to diesel technology.

As quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW AG board member for development Klaus Froehlich boasted of the carmaker’s accomplishments in the field of diesel technology. He remarked that from BMW’s perspective, the development of diesel engines is quite dramatic as the carmaker has managed to develop cleaner diesel-powered mills.

Moreover, Froehlich claimed at Paris that BMW has the best diesel engine, adding that all tests have shown that the German premium carmaker’s offerings have the lowest emissions among diesel-powered vehicles.

Read the entire article BMW confirms commitment to diesel technology despite political opposition

When BMW finally commences sales of the heavily anticipated 8-Series Coupe, it will offer the all-new flagship in two powerful engine variants – a petrol-powered biturbo 4.4 liter V8 unit and a diesel-fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six mill. Nonetheless, there are customers hoping that new BMW 8 Series would be offered with a V12 engine or a plug-in hybrid drive, but the German premium has no plans for those.

Carsten Groeber, vice-president of product management at BMW Group, was quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show as saying that a V12-powered 8 Series won't happen. The BMW 7 Series -- the M760Li xDrive in particular – is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 petrol engine that can provide 601 hp (448 kW) of output and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of peak torque. This allows the M760Li xDrive to dash from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

Groeber noted that the V8 engine and the in-line six unit already allows for a perfect weight distribution with the new 8 Series. Since the V12 engine is a very heavy mill, it would destroy this weight distribution, particularly making the front too heavy. He remarked that the V8-powered 8 Series is already a proper sportscar.

Read the entire article BMW rules out V12-powered and plug-in hybrid version of new 8 Series

There have been no straight six-cylinder engines at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles since 2007, when Jeep launched the Wrangler JK generation. While Chrysler had been using straight six-cylinder engines since 1964, it eventually decided that it was already enough for this mill.

Just recently, rumors have been sprouting about the possibility of the rebirth of straight inline six-cylinder engines at Fiat Chrysler. These rumors also came up in 2017, but so far, no inline six-cylinder engines have been confirmed or even spied. The latest speculation was a result of a published report from Allpar, the same Web site that reported a similar rumor last year. Of course, these are just speculations, and we don’t vouch for their authenticity.

According to Allpar, Fiat Chrysler is reportedly developing a new straight-six engine as a complement to the new GME four-cylinder mills. These smooth yet compact new straight-six engines are to be derived from the new GME four-cylinder units.

Read the entire article Fiat Chrysler is rumored to be resurrecting straight six-cylinder engines

It is better not to expect any new diesel engines from Cadillac, the luxury vehicle division of General Motors. After all, following much considerations of a number of factors, the top management of Cadillac has now decided to stop the development of diesel engine within the luxury carmaker.

During the North American launch of the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover in Seattle, Washington, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle revealed that the luxury car brand is indeed re-evaluating diesel technology. He noted that Cadillac has been working on diesel technology. However, the conditions in the markets around the world – especially their attitude towards diesel engines – have been changing more quickly than the company has anticipated.

It is well known that for the past years, Cadillac had been concentrating its engine development works on diesel mills, in particular four- and six-cylinder units. This diesel engine development work forms part of the luxury carmaker to further penetrate the premium car market in Europe. In addition, Cadillac was also planning to create and offer a number of vehicles powered by diesel engines in the US. In fact, the new XT4 was slated to have a version powered by diesel engine, as slated to arrive before or by the end of the decade (2020). GM’s luxury division had also expected to introduce diesel engines in more of its models.

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